Westminster rules county tournament

May 16, 1993|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Westminster won the boys and girls regular-season county team tennis titles, and the Owls continued to roll at the county championships yesterday at North Carroll High.

With their efforts yesterday, the Owls placed at least one representative in boys singles, girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles in next weekend's district tourney at Howard County's Wilde Lake Tennis Club.

Howard, Anne Arundel and Harford county teams also will compete there for a chance to advance to the state tournament.

Westminster's Kristy Matthai and Laura Shoffner took a 6-1, 6-3 decision over the previously unbeaten South Carroll tandem of Amber Clutter and Nikki Robitaille.

Clutter and Robitaille had beaten Matthai and Shoffner twice in the regular season.

"I think this time around we had a lot more confidence and optimism than in the other matches," said Shoffner.

Matthai said, "We were going over our strategy before the match, and we just told ourselves to keep moving and get to everything."

Westminster girls coach Ken Shook watched his charges force the Cavs duo into making mistakes, seizing most of their opportunities to take control of the net.

"The difference today was their aggressiveness. They took control at the net and they played the angles. If you play someone three times, you're bound to get to them one of those times," said Shook.

The Owls' Sara Clark and Kristen Hoffmeyer took third in doubles by downing Francis Scott Key's Jenny Adler and Jen Baker, 6-1, 6-3.

North Carroll junior Craig Eckard won the boys singles title, 7-6 (7-3) 6-2, over South Carroll's Paul Weinhardt, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound All-County center for the Cavs' football team.

Weinhardt, a counter-punching base-liner who possesses deceiving quickness for his size, earned his final berth by winning a near two-hour match over last year's champion Marco Fuggitti of Westminster, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Eckard paved the way for his victory with powerful serves and pounding forehands.

Fuggitti earned a district spot by virtue of his 6-4, 6-3 win over Liberty's Steve Speck.

The Owls' Mandy Koenig dumped Laurie Kreseski of North Carroll, 6-3, 6-3, in the girls final, and Koenig's teammate Andrea Stanton took a bronze medal with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Liberty's Dawn Wilhelm.

Chris North and Mike Szymanski of Liberty nipped North Carroll's Matt Lovetro and Keith Mayle, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, to win the boys doubles championship.

Third place went to the Westminster team of Steve Hockstra and Eric Minor, who were 6-0, 6-4 winners over South Carroll's Greg Howard and Joe Molesworth.

Liberty earned a second title when Caitlin Lawler and Geoff Downs swept Cori Bradford and Jeremy Bellusci of North Carroll, 6-3, 6-2.

Third place went to Westminster's Cristine Ryan and Matt Fisher, who were 6-2, 7-5 winners over Julie LaBare and Brad Hudson of Liberty.

The district tournament will begin Friday morning and continue through Saturday afternoon.

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